Top 10 Albums of 2018

It wasn't hard to find good music in 2018 as there were many artists pushing the boundaries in pop, hip-hop and rock. In a year of the "algorithm" artists, many artists sought inspiration from both the classics and the traditional approach to songwriting, to the modern use of technology for collaboration and taking advantage of the advances in technology to create sounds that were never-before heard. New artists made strong debuts in 2018, some of which made our year-end list, demonstrating that once again showed that the full-length format is not only just as strong as it was in the

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Given the amount of critical acclaim, and hype that has surrounded Courtney Barnett, it can be a little startling to realize her newest release "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is only her sophomore solo album. Her breakthrough 2015 debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," dazzled fans and critics alike with her profound penchant for wordy, verbose lyricism, compared to none other than the king lyricist himself Bob Dylan. She followed it up in 2017 with a joint album alongside Kurt Vile, but her newest release see's her back in the driver seat, alone.

ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey has managed to carve herself out a spot in pop culture that might put the “cult” in pop culture. On her fifth album, “Lust For Life,” she seems to be attempting to reach outside of her circle, but not too far. While her vocals maintain the cool, buzzed lounge singer croon she’s been toting since she debuted on Saturday Night Live, the tracks on this album incorporate more modern tones, with hip-hop driven beats, and guest appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, and more. 15461

ALBUM REVIEW- Sheer Mag: ‘Need To Feel Your Love’

The heavy riff of a guitar, a singer with powerhouse lungs, and hearts that beats for rock and roll. All things that have become less and less frequent in today's technological world. Thankfully, Sheer Mag was born to prove that retro-rock is not only alive, but thriving. The Philadelphia born quintet is like a deep breath of crisp, hard-earned air to those who have been longing for something like this. 15402

ALBUM REVIEW: Kacy Hill – ‘Like A Woman’

Followers and fanatics of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music label will surely have had their eye on Kacy Hill in the recent past.  With the  release of her singles "Like a Woman" and "Hard to Love" earlier this year in May, Kacy has turned the ears of music lovers and critics alike, leaving them in anticipation of this full album, released June 30th. 15209

ALBUM REVIEW: COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try

COIN arrived with their debut self-titled album two years ago, bolstering an infectiously catchy single with "Fingers Crossed." Two years later, and these fellas have really honed in on the sound they had started to craft on that album. "How Will You Know If You Never Try" opens with the pulsing "Don't Cry, 2020," a track that feels akin to Vampire Weekend if they were a little more into synth-pop. The track is filled with upbeat and dancy, retro-influenced jams like this. Lead single "Talk Too Much," has a chorus so big, you'll be singing it by the second time

On Radar: Miss Ohio – White Hot

Miss Ohio

Miss Ohio finds itself in esteemed company. Some have compared them to the alt-country of Wilco without the artiness. They can jangle like Pavement, without the quirkiness, and the band have been straddling this Jersey grit / Americana line for 10+ years. The band now has a “best of” record entitled White Hot - The Best of Miss Ohio which is good enough to be in the same breath as those two bands above, but never received their fair chance. White Hot - The Best of Miss Ohio is exactly what it says. 12 really great examples of songwriting that

Album Review: Public Enemy-Man Plans God Laughs

Public Enemy  (PE) the legendary rap group behind 1990's inspiring  hit " Fight The power"  has returned with their 13th LP entitled Man Plans God Laughs(MPGL).  The group who has become  known  over the  years as politically conscious and socially aware is back at it again, sticking it to the man and bringing cultural issues to the forefront with Chuck D's  compelling lyrics. MPGL  has  a very  short running time  clocking in at just under 30 minutes however, it's a very subtle listen that's  easy to digest. 11825

ALBUM REVIEW: Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Released earlier this week, Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In The End takes us back to a simpler time in the band's history, delivering on what their fans want most: catchy pop punk and rock and roll music that addresses the usual issues, like fights with Dad and girl drama. Having not released a record since 2010, the songs Weezer produced on their ninth album beg their loyal fan base to get cozy and warm up to lyrics and melodies that will make us wonder why they ever went away.  10299

Album Review: Greetings From California by The Madden Brothers

Twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden have come a long way since they first started their pop rock band Good Charlotte back in 1996, and the sound from their first album apart from that group proves just how much they've evolved over the years.  With a mellower vibe and musical style that ranges various genres, it's clear that Good Charlotte was just the beginning for the Madden brothers. 10098

ALBUM REVIEW: Morning Phase by Beck

Alt-rock icon Beck is set to release his 12th studio album this week and we here at B-Sides were more than happy when the artist put the album up for streaming a week early. Allegedly the sequel to 2002's “Sea Change” (often hailed as the masterpiece of Beck's career), “Morning Phase” shows a peaceful, pastoral side to Beck's work instead of the introspective brooding that marked “Sea Change”. The recurring theme throughout “Morning Phase” is new hope or a new dawning (hence the title). Instead of dark tones, Beck gives the meandering tracks a light, airy feel. From the beautiful subtly